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Vintage Sports Car Festival set to thrill at Snetterton

Thursday, September 19 2013

Snetterton is set to build upon last year's hugely successful Vintage Sports Car Festival, with an expanded line-up both on and off track for its second running on Sunday 29 September.

The race schedule has been boosted with the inaugural race for a new division of pre-war racing cars. The Standard and Modified Pre-War Racing Cars contest has received support from Newmarket-based Maserati specialists Sean Danaher Restorations and Bonhams, whilst one of the trophies has been endorsed by Pink Floyd drummer and historic car collector Nick Mason.

Entries for the twelve-race programme includes ERA R11B, the car that won Snetterton's first meeting in October 1951. In addition to pre-war events for Vintage Racers, Sport-Cars and the prestigious Seaman Memorial Trophies, there will be contests for 1950s Sports Racing Cars and 500cc F3 cars.

Last year's event proved to be a hit with spectators, many of whom marvelled at the sight of vintage machinery being driven at speed. Many of the drivers engaged in highly-entertaining battles, evoking the spirit of a pioneering age for the sport.

It's not just the action on track that will take a step back in time, and visitors will be greeted by circuit staff dressed in 1940s attire. Vintage and historic cars will be on display, including a rare 1901 Locomobile, now the only working model in existence, plus a large presence from the Fressingfield Oily Rag Club once again. In addition to being able to see the cars and those in the racing paddock close-up, spectators can also enjoy passenger rides on a steam-powered bus, or step on a steam-powered carousel, one of the last working examples in the UK.

A more sedate experience will be available in the cream teas and Pimm's marquee, where spectators can see the cars assembling before the races. A swing jazz band will provide a suitable accompaniment to the occasion.

In between the racing action, visitors can also find out more about Snetterton's past, thanks to local artist and circuit historian Andrew Kitson, who will be providing a pictorial guide to the venue.

Tickets for the Vintage Sports Car Festival at Snetterton on 29 September are available from £14, with free entry for children aged 12 and under. For more information call 0843 453 9000 or click here.